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Author Snyder, Katherine V.

Title Bachelors, manhood, and the novel, 1850-1925 / Katherine V. Snyder
Published Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1999
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Description 1 online resource (x, 285 pages)
Contents Trouble in paradise: bachelors and bourgeois domesticity -- Susceptibility and the single man: the constitution of the bachelor invalid -- Artist and a bachelor: Henry James, mastery and the life of art -- Way of looking on: bachelor narration in Joseph Conrad's
Summary "Katherine Snyder's study explores the significance of the bachelor narrator, a prevalent but little recognized figure in premodernist and modernist fiction by male authors, including Hawthorne, James, Conrad, Ford, and, Fitzgerald. Snyder demonstrates that bachelors functioned in cultural and literary discourse as threshold figures who, by crossing the shifting, permeable boundaries of bourgeois domesticity, highlighted the limits of conventional masculinity. The very marginality of the figure, Snyder argues, effects a critique of gendered norms of manhood, while the symbolic function of marriage as a means of plot resolution is also made more complex by the presence of the single man. Bachelor figures made, moreover, an ideal narrative device for male authors who themselves occupied vexed cultural positions."--Jacket
Notes Based on the author's thesis (Ph. D.)--Yale University
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 258-278) and index
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Subject Conrad, Joseph, 1857-1924 -- Characters -- Bachelors
James, Henry, 1843-1916 -- Characters -- Bachelors
American fiction -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Bachelors in literature.
English fiction -- Male authors -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 20th century -- History and criticism.
First person narrative.
Masculinity in literature.
Men in literature.
English-speaking countries -- Intellectual life -- 19th century.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 98045687
ISBN 051100642X (electronic bk.)
0511117531 (electronic bk.)
051148531X (electronic bk.)
9780511006425 (electronic bk.)
9780511117534 (electronic bk.)
9780511485312 (electronic bk.)